Fox News’ Megyn Kelly took a surrogate for Donald Trump to task Tuesday night for trying to defend the presumptive nominee’s attacking the judge an ongoing lawsuit against him for being “Mexican.”
When Trump backer David Wohl insisted Trump was exercising free speech and his remarks about federal judge Gonzalo Curiel were a “non-sequitur,” Kelly wasn’t buying it.
“This is all it is, he’s got the First Amendment right,” Wohl said.
“Really? Really?” Kelly asked in disbelief. “Listen, you can say that there’s no merits to the case and Trump will get his day in court. But to after the judge as a ‘Mexican’ and ‘hater’ takes it to a different level.”
Wohl later said after attacking Curiel, Trump said, “‘I love the Mexican people, I’ve got millions of Mexican supporters.’ He clarified it immediately. Don’t take it out of context.”
Kelly was undeterred.
“David, come on,” Kelly said. “I mentioned it because I want to take this opportunity to express my love for the Mexicans. Come on!”
“Sometimes you have a slip of the tongue –” Wohl tried.
“He does it repeatedly! That’s the thing that’s so crazy about it!” Kelly shouted. “What we’re debating here is his taking it a step further, personalizing it, going after the guy’s ethnicity and he does it every time!”
Watch the exchange, captured by TPM: